- Atiku Abubakar and Lauretta Onochie have joined the rest of the world to mourn the death of Ghana's former president, Jerry John Rawlings
- Atiku described the deceased as an African giant who stood tall for unity and renaissance
- Lauretta in her condolence message stated that Africa has lost a great son
The Nigerian online community is currently buzzing with reactions following the tragic death of Jerry John Rawlings, Ghana's former president.
The 73-year-old died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Accra, the capital of Ghana following his admission to the hospital for an undisclosed illness.
He was confirmed dead on Thursday, November 12, at the hospital where he had been admitted a week ago.
Rawlings ruled Ghana for 20 years from 1981-2001. He led a military junta until the early 90s, and served two terms in a democracy.
He is survived by his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman, and four children - Zanetor Rawlings, Yaa Asantewaa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings, and Kimathi Rawlings.
Currently trending at the number one spot on Twitter is the late former president whose death has saddened a lot of people.
Legit.ng has compiled some reactions to the news:
Former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar said Rawlings stood for Africa unity.
Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, said Africa has lost a great son.
A tweep said the former president was loved and hated in equal measure.
He will surely be missed.
Legit.ng recalls that months ago on Monday, June 22, the former president marked his 73rd birthday, and as part of the celebrations, he reached out to the less privileged in society.
He delegated a team to make donations of PPEs and other relief items to the Pantang Hospital, Mawuvio Outreach Orphanage at Ayikuma, and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
A video sighted by Legit.ng saw packages of provisions being distributed to vendors and other less privileged persons along the Fiesta Royale Traffic Lights, and the Kawukudi Junction.